The National Institute of Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) have emphasized the focus on EBP in all research projects publicly funded through NIDRR. There is emphasis on the meaning of research findings and translating and disseminating evidence-based practices so they affect and inform practice and policy NIDDR and the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA), as the major funding sources of rehabilitation research, are working to close the gap between practice and EBP research.
In a resource-limited environment, evidence of efficacy and effectiveness can help make programmatic funding decisions more rational and, hopefully, more equitable. The current climate calls for evidence to justify VR services, along with the emphasis on the development and implementation of evidence-based practices that can assist state VR programs that are under increasing pressure to demonstrate the effectiveness of VR service provision.
Following is a summary of a study that provides a comprehensive analysis of the policies, procedures, practices, and structural elements related to the provision of effective best practices that lead to successful employment outcomes for individuals with disabilities. The study sample involved four state VR agencies.RRTC-EBP-VR Phase II Executive Summary